- Francis: 'Christ Defends Us From the Insidiousness of the Devil' Zenit. 04/17/13. Continuing his catechesis on the Creed, Pope Francis focused on the significance of Christ's Ascension into heaven during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square. An estimated 50,000 faithful were present at the audience according the Holy See Press Office.
- Pope Francis calls on Bostonians to "not be overcome by evil" Vatican Radio 04/16/13:
His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley
Archbishop of Boston
Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.
Cardinal Tarcisio BertoneSecretary of State
- Pope Francis wishes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI a Happy Birthday 04/16/13:
[Tuesday] morning, on the occasion of the birthday of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, the Holy Father Francis began the celebration of Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, inviting all those present to pray with these words: “Today is Benedict XVI's birthday. We offer the Mass for him, so that the Lord be with him, comfort him, and give him much consolation.”
During the morning, Pope Francis then made friendly a phone call to Benedict XVI to wish him a happy birthday as well as to extend his greetings and best wishes to his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who has been at Castel Gandolfo for several days, staying precisely to celebrate in a familial and fraternal way, today's occasion and who will in turn celebrate his saint's day, St. George, this coming 23 April, just as Pope Francis will.
- Pope Francis reaffirms Vatican's call for reform of U.S. nuns' group, by Carol Glatz. Catholic News Service. 04/15/13:
Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican's call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious.Or, as Abby Olheiser (Slate.com) phrases it: Pope Francis Will Follow Through on Benedict's Crackdown on "Feminist" American Nuns".
Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns' group that he had "recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this conference of major superiors."
The doctrinal congregation met April 15 with the LCWR leadership and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who had been assigned by the Vatican to oversee the reform of the pontifically recognized leadership group.
- Pope Francis says Catholics still need to enact teachings of Vatican II, by Cindy Wooden. Catholic News Service. 04/16/13.
- Pope Francis: appeal for persecuted Christians Vatican Radio. 04/04/13. Pope Francis asked the faithful on Sunday to pray for their brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering persecution. “Let us pray especially for Christians who suffer persecution,” he said, adding, “ – [and] in these times, there are many Christians who suffer persecution, a great many, in many countries: let us pray for them from our heart, with love, that they might feel the living and comforting presence of the Risen Lord.”
- Pope warns against careerism in the Church La Stampa "The Vatican Insider" 04/15/13. “Inconsistency is undermining the Church’s credibility. One cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life ”
- Five thoughts on the pope's new 'G8', by John Allen Jr. 04/14/13:
A Vatican announcement Saturday that Francis has named eight cardinals to advise him on governance represents the first concrete step toward the reform that was so much in the air during the run-up to the conclave that propelled a Latin American outsider to the papacy. Twenty-four hours later, five points seem most noteworthy about the "G8" that will likely be the new pope's most important sounding board. ...